Q & A

HUD Issues Second Invitation for PHAs to Join MTW Program

April 11, 2019    

HUD recently issued a new notice requesting letters of interest under its Moving to Work (MTW) program from PHAs with 1,001 or more total public housing and Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) units. Under the program, MTW participants are able to both implement policies that vary from those required...

Rule Proposed to Make Section 3 More Efficient and Effective

April 11, 2019    

Section 3 is a provision of the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Act of 1968 that helps foster local economic development, neighborhood economic improvement, and individual self-sufficiency. The Section 3 program requires that recipients of certain HUD financial assistance, to the greatest...

Disability Access Violations Found in LA’s Affordable Housing

April 11, 2019    

HUD recently issued a letter to the City of Los Angeles, detailing the city’s ongoing failure to provide accessible housing for low-income persons with disabilities. HUD’s Supplemental Letter of Findings expands on observations the department first made in 2012 when it notified the...

HUD Launches Anti-Sexual Harassment Campaign for Fair Housing Month

April 11, 2019    

April is Fair Housing Month, and the Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful to discriminate in housing transactions based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, or family status. This year, HUD is especially focused on protecting the rights of individuals to feel safe and secure...

Resident Evicted for Assault and Threats Against Manager

April 11, 2019    

Facts: In October 2017, a PHA sent a resident an eviction notice explaining that she had breached her lease by threatening and punching the site manager, violently smacking a clipboard from the manager’s hands, and physically injuring her. The notice identified sections of...

Resident Not Liable for Actions of Her Guests

April 11, 2019    

Facts: A resident’s sister and other guests engaged in a physical and verbal altercation with another resident of the site. The altercation was captured on video, and the police responded to the site. As a result, the owner sent the resident a notice to vacate based on the...

PHA Not Liable for Relocation Benefits

April 11, 2019    

Facts: A resident lived in a formerly federally subsidized property. From 2014 to 2017, the site’s physical conditions deteriorated, as shown by failing Real...

Trump Administration Proposes 2020 HUD Budget

March 14, 2019    

President Trump recently released his fiscal year 2020 budget request. The 2020 President’s Budget requests $44.1 billion for HUD, approximately $8.7 billion less than the 2019 Annualized Continuing Resolution (CR). According to Secretary Carson, the budget strategically invests in...

Pressure Mounts to Implement CO Protections after Deaths in Public Housing

March 14, 2019    

Recently, NBC News found that at least 11 deaths in federally subsidized housing since 2003 were caused by carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, most recently in January when two men died in a public housing site in Columbia, S.C. HUD doesn’t require CO detectors in public housing and, according...

HUD Publishes RAD for PRAC Notice for Comment

March 14, 2019    

The FY 2018 Appropriations Act authorized the conversion of properties assisted by Section 202 Project Rental Assistance Contracts (PRAC). HUD has requested comments to a new draft Section 4 to be added to the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Revised Notice. The new section would allow for...

HUD Implements $5M Set-Aside for TPVs in Low-Vacancy Areas

March 14, 2019    

HUD issued a joint notice implementing the use of the $5 million set-aside included in the FY 2018 appropriations for tenant protection vouchers (TPVs) for low-income households who may have to pay more than 30 percent of their adjusted incomes for rent if they live in certain HUD-assisted...

Trump Administration's HUD Nominees Advance in Senate

March 14, 2019    

The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs recently approved the nominations of Seth Appleton to be Assistant Secretary of HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research and Robert Kurtz to be Assistant Secretary of HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing. These...